By Roxana Tiron - 08/26/09 01:03 PM EDT
Sen. Edward Kennedy will be buried at Arlington Cemetery alongside his brothers, the first of many honors expected to commemorate his career in Washington.
Former President John F. Kennedy’s grave, marked by an eternal flame, lies a short distance away and is visited by tens of thousands every year. Arlington National Cemetery is one of the most heavily visited tourist attractions in the Washington area for people from around the world.
Sen. Kennedy qualifies for burial at Arlington because he was a sitting senator at the time of his death. He also served in the Army during the Korean War.
Kennedy’s Senate office is expected to release a statement on the senator’s burial at Arlington on Wednesday afternoon, according to a source familiar with the situation.
The rest of Kennedy’s family is buried in Massachusetts.
The outpouring of sympathy that greeted Kennedy’s death prompted his staff to announce locations where the public could pay their respects to the late senator: the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum in Boston; the JFK Museum in Hyannis, Mass.; and Sen. Kennedy’s Washington office, 317 Russell Senate Building.
The staff passed along the family’s request that in lieu of flowers, those who wish to can send donations to educational programming at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate.
They have also invited the public to share their thoughts and memories about the senator at www.tedkennedy.org .